It’s not my birthday– yet. My birthday is in early May. But for the past few years, my birthday has been a blip. I haven’t done anything extravagant to celebrate since my 21st (an over-the-top party with my best friend and birthday buddy); every year it’s just another day where a few dozen people say hello on Facebook and I feel old. In high school, it was always the day of an AP exam and in college it was always during finals! Not cool. So when I read Stephanie’s post on the importance of loving your birthday, I drank the koolaid.
image by John
Her premise? Your birthday should be celebrated, not feared or ignored– after all, it only happens once a year and it’s the reason you are oh-so-wonderfully you. Why not celebrate every day for the month leading up to it? Celebrating doesn’t have to mean downing bottles of champagne or going out on the town every night– but it does mean taking time for YOU. Once a day, every day, do something that you love, value, or crave, but never really make time for the rest of the year. Sounds fabulous.
Stephanie drew up a list of 100+ things she could do for her birthday month; I thought smaller and only jotted up 31 (one for each day of the month):
1) Go to yoga!
2) Bake an incredible birthday cake
3) Buy something fashionable for myself
4) Skype with Sloanie
5) Get a manicure
6) Get a new tattoo!
7) Have a Lord of the Rings marathon with John
8) Make a meal from a new cookbook
9) Go to a live show
10) Go to Chicago for a weekend
11) Buy a present for John!
12) Send a special present to someone who least expects it
13) Write a thank you note to my parents
14) Pool time!
15) Play tennis
16) Get a fresh new haircut
17) Watch Mad Men season 5
18) Bake something wild
19) Visit an art museum
20) Buy something from an Etsy shop
22) Grow some herbs at home
23) Reach out to a publication to contribute
24) Reach out to Kat and Nubby about magazines
25) Go to a live performance
26) Start using chia seeds!
27) Have a girls wine & movie night
28) Start a 2012 photo album
29) Watch a foreign film
30) Go on an extra long romantic walk with John
31) Spend an afternoon lounging at a lake
Now, I have to admit– it’s been a few days into my birthday month and I’ve only crossed one thing off the list (two in a second– I’m FINALLY going to a yoga class tonight!). But I love the concept and it was fun (and difficult) coming up with 31 things I wanted to do for myself.
When is your birthday– and how do you celebrate? Do you think you could manage a month of doing little things for yourself?